Liana Cremona, who until recently was chief operations officer of electric vehicle sharing app GoToMalta, addressed a PN activity last weekend, urging others to come out of the shadows for the sake of improving Malta.
Cremona was invited to address the PN’s marathon General Council meeting last Saturday as one of three outsiders, in line with the party’s theme that it is opening itself up to new people and ideas.
In her speech, she harked back to her teenage years when Malta formally joined the EU.
“You could feel the excitement and grasp the opportunity. It was a fantastic time to enter adulthood, the world was truly our oyster,” she said. “I was able to experience everything I ever dreamed of and more, both locally and overseas, knowing full well I could return to a democratic gem of an island that my compass always pointed to.”
“As my late great-uncle said, there is no space for us in heaven for us Maltese because we get to experience it on earth.”
However, she warned that the nation’s wellbeing has become “tainted and polluted” in every aspect, to the point where she has become concerned to the quality of life bestowed to her two children.
“As my eldest enters adulthood, we have an innate duty to inject excitement and provide endless opportunities in a sound and democratic country,” Cremona said.
“This can’t be envisaged without a drastic change in the country’s direction. I learned throughout my career that the first rule of success is to have a vision, to believe in that vision and work towards a common goal as a united team, spanning decades to ensure a more sustainable future.”
She confidently claimed that the PN is witnessing a new beginning and a “unique, pivotal moment”.
“A new day has come and it’s up to all of us to empower each other to be the change we want to see, and to use our skills and values to rebuild a better Malta for our children, our youth and future generations,” she said.
“To those observing from the sidelines, I say go ahead, release your fears and have the courage to join a vessel invested in positive change. Change is possible, let’s take a stand and be proudly counted for.”
Cremona’s decision to publicly endorse the PN was also interesting in light of the fact that she is openly pro-choice, a stance the party is dead set against.
In a recent article for Lovin Malta, she recounted how she got pregnant at 19 when she was living in the UK. Although she decided to keep the child, she said she was glad she was offered a choice without shame or stigma.
“I therefore wholly struggle with our parliamentary political class treating society as if it were made up of underage children yet ironically, they deem the same society aged 16+ mature enough to make a choice on their political career,” she said.
“We are therefore forced to challenge what our future holds. The decriminalisation of abortion must be seen to go hand-in-hand with an accessible support network that includes assessments, counselling, provisions, accommodation, parenting classes, access to free contraception and the like.”
Cover photo: Left: Liana Cremona, Right: A GoTo Malta electric motorbike (Photo: GoTo Malta)